Spieth requests DJ as partner, gets DJ as partner

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INCHEON, South Korea – Asked why he decided to send world No. 1 Jordan Spieth out with Dustin Johnson on Day 1 at the Presidents Cup, U.S. captain Jay Haas had a ready answer.

“What Jordan wants, Jordan gets right now,” Haas smiled.

Haas polled all of his players for potential pairings and Spieth was quick to request Johnson, who he beat by a stroke at this year’s U.S. Open.

Spieth paired with Patrick Reed in last year’s Ryder Cup, going 2-0 but that was in fourball play, and was only paired with Steve Stricker, one of Haas’ assistants for this year’s matches, at his only other start in the Presidents Cup in 2013.

“Why DJ? Because it's DJ. He's really good,” Spieth said. “He can bust it down the par 5s and then I can kind of control some shots into those greens. I feel like he's been trending upwards, really.”

Spieth and Johnson played a foursomes match against Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes on Wednesday at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea as a tune up and although they lost that match Spieth was looking forward to his Day 1 pairing.

“At least we got our one loss for the week out of the way,” he joked. “So we'll rebound.”